Friday 140314

Open WOD 14.3

Complete as many reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
10 Deadlifts 135#(95#)
15 box jumps 24″(20″)
15 Deadlifts 185#(135#)
15 box jumps 24″(20″)
20 Deadlifts 225#(155#)
15 box jumps 24″(20″)
25 Deadlifts 275#(185#)
15 box jumps 24″(20″)
30 Deadlifts 315#(205#)
15 box jumps 24″(20″)
35 Deadlifts 365#(225#)
15 box jumps 24″(20″)

Post times to BTWB and Score Sheets.  Make sure to file by first name in the accordion folder.

Clay readying himself for the shoulder to overhead portion of the clean complex.

We as CrossFit athletes we are continually improving our bodies.  The way we move in the gym transfers to the way we move outside of the gym.  How many times have you squatted down in the middle of a grocery store with perfect form to grab something off of a low shelf?Thinking about driving your knees out and keeping the lower lumbar in tact?  I’m sure those thoughts might not go through your brain, but I bet you find yourself moving with better mechanics because of how you train yourself inside the walls of Verve.

How about your brain?  Do you exercise your brain often?  I know we all read and watch educational programs to better our minds but what about games that claim to train your brain?  Are you familiar with sites such as Luminosity and Happy Neuron?  These website and companies claim to provide games that can help stave off mental decline and improve brain functionality, but do they work?

Currently there are over 50 million subscribers in 180 countries that use sites such as the ones listed above.  Do they work?  Some studies have concluded that playing these types of brain games makes you better at the game, but doesn’t necessarily transfer to other areas.  While other studies have recently concluded that some other games have resulted in improved short term memory and and long term focus in older adults.  So how do you makes sense of all the claims that these subscriptions website make?  Experts say the jury is still out on whether these types of games work.  I want to hear from you all though.  Do you partake in any of the brain training games or websites?  If you do, have you seen improvements in your cognitive functioning?  If you have something that you feel really works, share it with us in comments.

Take a look at the NY Times article that delves more into the studies referenced above and let us know your thoughts.  Do Brain Workouts Work?  Science Isn’t Sure.

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